Graduate Teaching Community

Graduate Teaching Community

Graduate Students

Learning communities promote engaged conversations about student learning and instructional effectiveness by allowing participants to exchange ideas and explore strategies in an open and supportive environment. 

Graduate Teaching Community (GTC)

Photo captured of the 2015-2016 Cohort

CEE’s Graduate Teaching Community is a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who come together on a quarterly basis to explore effective teaching practices. Together with peers, you explore relevant issues around learning and teaching in a supportive environment, freely discussing your ideas about teaching in ways that encourage reflection and enhance teaching practice. Past GTCs have featured a variety of high-interest topics in learning and teaching, such as implementing strategies that promote active learning, encouraging participation in large classes, utilizing reflective teaching practices, and promoting effective instructor-TA interactions.  Participants have the opportunity to receive a certificate as a result of participating in the GTC for at least one full quarter. 

Spring 2021 Graduate Teaching Community

GTC provides a collaborative, informal space for graduate students to support each other, engage in discussion, and learn about teaching. During our weekly hour long Zoom meetings, participants have the opportunity to share their teaching practices and experiences, as well as lead and participate in discussions on a variety of teaching related topics.

In Spring 2021, we will use the book Small Teaching by James M. Lang as the basis of our discussions. It is available as a free e-book to the UC Davis community through the UC Davis Library.

Weekly Meeting Time:           Fridays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

First Meeting:                         Friday, April 9, 2021

Location:                                 On Zoom. Register here.

Facilitators:                             Faith Blackhurst ( and

                                                 Hannah Nelson  (

The Graduate Teaching Community Certificate

A certificate of participation is available to participants who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Attend a specified number of sessions
  2. Work individually or with a group to facilitate one of the sessions
  3. Submit a single written reflection on the teaching topics presented 

For more information about the Graduate Teaching Community, please contact CEE.